Nitecore P18 1,800-Lumen Tactical Flashlight
Nitecore P18 1,800-Lumen Tactical Flashlight
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The Nitecore P18 is the smallest 1,800-lumen flashlight with rear thumb-switch activation on the market today. Measuring just over 4 inches long and weighing less than 4 ounces, it’s compact and super powerful Read More

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SpecialEd
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Jul 12, 2020
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@Drop @Warehouse @Drop+Flashlights Thanks for the reminder to buy thus "before the sale ends tomorrow." But here is why I will not be ordering this product: On 2019DEC19 I ordered $200+ ORDER DROP-3651-B for a variety of products for holiday gifts. Ok, some of it was for me. Most expensive item ordered, Klarus AR10 https://drop.com/buy/klarus-ar10 which continues to state: "INCLUDED
  • USB cable
  • Lanyard
  • One 18650 battery
  • Manufacturer's warranty"
When I contacted you recently about a problem with this unit, I first received: "...due to higher than normal demand, response times will be delayed by 5-7 business days." Shortly after from Brett: "After reviewing your transaction, it appears that the time-frame for reporting an issue has passed, which means we are not able to provide a replacement or facilitate a return." Klarus <and Bowie> says "5 years!" https://www.klaruslight.com/Services/TermsAndConditions/ One or more of these has happened:
  • Drop is intentionally choosing not to help a customer
  • Drop is intentionally misleading customers about warranty coverage
  • Drop (Brett) made a mistake and did not validate my claim
  • I am illiterate and have no concept of the passage of time
In any case, you failed to value a customer and the relationship. You could have simply handled the issue, and improved my loyalty, and made another sale. I guess now we know what "DROP" means...
Jul 12, 2020
kstokley
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Buying Manager
Jul 13, 2020
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I have to assume that you purchased the AR10 from the Drop Warehouse sale. You should have received a proof of purchase after you completed your transaction which you can use to follow up with Klarus on your warranty claim.
Jul 13, 2020
SpecialEd
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Jul 13, 2020
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Brett R. of Drop is the person you need to talk to about that. At 9AM today, Brett said "any warranty provided may not be honored". To be clear, I'm not upset with Brett, and Brett is NOT the problem here. Nor is this unique to Drop. It's everywhere, companies will throw million$ at trying to attract new customers, while continuing to treat current customers as policies and terms and conditions.
Jul 13, 2020
applguy
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Jul 6, 2020
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One thing that MassDrop could offer is the NiteCore U12 Single Cell Charger that Amazon lists with their NiteCore P18 Kit that also includes the battery, the holster, and the plastic case for $30 more!
Jul 6, 2020
FaastEddie
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Feb 20, 2020
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This is so close to what I want. Put a charging port on it and I'd be in.
Feb 20, 2020
Paneos
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Oct 9, 2019
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> the smallest 1,800-lumen flashlight with rear thumb-switch activation on the market today The Lumintop FW3A would beg to differ. Its Turbo mode goes to 2,800-lumens, and it's only 3.64" long and 3.34oz including battery. Unless they mean specifically 1,800 lumens, no less, but no more....
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Oct 9, 2019
phoenixsong
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Oct 15, 2019
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Cool! Close-knit community :D
Oct 15, 2019
ChumbWumba
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Feb 22, 2020
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But which song?? 😂🤷🏼‍♂️😏
Feb 22, 2020
j.a.l
704
Oct 9, 2019
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"...and hold at max output for a half hour. " I guarantee that this is either false or terrible wording. A flashlight this size running an XHP35 at 1800 lumen-output with no thermal regulation would quickly end up way too hot to hold and would be at risk of thermal-runaway. I don't know what the stepdown time on this light's driver is, but at this size, if max-output mode lasts more than a minute, I'd be very surprised, and wear gloves.
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Oct 9, 2019
bmengineer
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Oct 9, 2019
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Without any cooling, turbo step down is instant. On high, it stays steady for almost 10 minutes.
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Oct 9, 2019
LaserGuidedSock
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Oct 9, 2019
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I have one and it seems correct. Will turbo until it's too hot to hold
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Oct 9, 2019
Hatchetman
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Oct 9, 2019
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I'm interested in better understanding the switch. Is it that button that shows in the photos as I don't see a picture that shows the back end of the lamp? If so, what keeps it from turning on in the pocket?
Oct 9, 2019
bmengineer
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Oct 9, 2019
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Here's an image of the back of the light. There's no lockout, but it sits flush with the battery cap and has enough travel that its never activated in my pocket.
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Oct 9, 2019
chaosmagnet
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Oct 9, 2019
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The Nitecore page for this light is at https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/p18, including the manual. For me, particularly for a flashlight meant to be "tactical", details of the user interface are critically important. To summarize the UI from the manual, the tail switch turns it on and off in the last mode used. While on, half press the tail switch to cycle through ultralow - low - medium - high - turbo. "Half press and hold" to access turbo when the light is on. "Full press and hold" from off starts with the memorized mode and then goes to turbo. Direct access to ultralow is available using the tail switch and the side switch simultaneously. A full long press of the tail switch from accesses disco modes. This is a good price (Amazon is $20 higher in the US), and my experience with Nitecore has been very positive. But I don't care for the UI compared to (for example) a Surefire Stiletto with a momentary tail switch for maximum and a side switch that always starts in low mode (when so configured). Other examples come from the variety of Klarus lights with a main switch and paddle on the tail which allow for momentary or switched-on access to maximum and lowest modes with a single press (when so configured). On the other hand, the P18 has a lot more output than the Stiletto and carries bezel down, which I strongly prefer. For me, I'll pass on this one due to the UI.
Oct 9, 2019
PHDG
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Oct 24, 2019
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The Stiletto also does not have a replaceable battery.
Oct 24, 2019
chaosmagnet
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Oct 24, 2019
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Excellent point!
Oct 24, 2019
TiffanyPoodleslide
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Oct 9, 2019
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I don't see a charge CABLE listed. How we charge the battery up without a charging cable? Does this have a port for charging? Pretty important detail. We need info about this. I love my Nitecore EA45S. But the battery situation on that is easy, I don't need charging gear. I do want this flashlight as well. But I need a simple power solution, or it's not worth the cash.
Oct 9, 2019
bmengineer
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Oct 9, 2019
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There's no built in charging in the P18, you'll need a separate slot charger.
Oct 9, 2019
TronFnknBlow
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Oct 9, 2019
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Need a separate charger, but you can get some that will charge nearly any size of lithium or NiMH cell all the on the same charger. Whether that's worth it or not will depend on how many things you use rechargables for. I use one charger with 4 slots to charge up my AA & AAA NiMH cells, as well as 10440, 14500, 16340, and 18650 LiIons.
Oct 9, 2019